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Size analysis of businesses

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  • Release date: 23 October 2014
  • Period covered: 2014
  • Next update: 10 December 2015
An annual report which gives estimates of the size structure of all enterprises that are active in Wales, including estimates for the very smallest businesses that operate below the VAT threshold.

Key points

  • In 2014, 38.2 per cent of private sector employment in Wales was accounted for by large enterprises (those with 250 or more employees), compared to 41.0 per cent for the UK as a whole.
  • Between 2003 and 2014, the proportion of employment in the large size-band fell by 3.4 percentage points in Wales and fell by 2.4 percentage points in the UK.
  • Between 2003 and 2014, around 0.5 per cent of enterprises active in Wales were non-UK owned, accounting for 13.9 per cent of employment in 2014, up from 12.5 per cent in 2003.
  • There was considerable variation between industry sectors in 2014, with employment in agriculture almost entirely amongst micro businesses (91.5 per cent) and employment in production industries concentrated in the large size-band (51.3 per cent).
  • Within Wales, the local authority with the largest proportion of private sector employment in the large size-band was Newport (54.1 per cent), and the smallest was Powys (16.3 per cent).


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